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Fireworks After The Game…None During

Once again the Phillies were unable to overcome an early deficit.

The Braves scored three runs in the first inning thanks to a three run home run to deep center field by Freddie Freeman. Phillies play-by-play man Tom McCarthy made the catch in the stands, as he, Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs were calling the game from the stands tonight.

Kyle Kendrick made the start for the Phils, and he allowed a lead-off single to B.J. Upton to start the game. He then walked Andrelton Simmons before allowing the home run to Freeman. Freeman went 3-5 tonight, knocking in all four Atlanta runs in the process.

Kendrick labored through the first, throwing a total of 33 pitches. He hung in there the rest of the game, finishing with eight innings pitched. He allowed the four runs on nine hits, eight strikeouts and two walks. Still, he put the Phillies in an early hole, and that typically spells trouble for this team.

The Phils cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth, starting with a lead-off triple by Ben Revere. He would score on a groundout by Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley then singled to left field, and advanced to second when Ryan Howard reached on an error by Simmons at shortstop. Marlon Byrd then singled to left to plate Utley, making it 4-2 Atlanta.

That would be the final score. The Phillies had few opportunities on this night, going 1-8 with runners in scoring position. They left six men on base, finishing with seven hits.

Since their 5-2 road trip, the Phillies have now lost five of their last eight. Kendrick’s record fell to 3-8, his earned run average rose to 4.22, and the team fell to five games behind the first place Braves.

The good news is they have two chances tomorrow to make up some ground. The Phillies and Braves will play a day-night double header starting at 2:05. The second game is tentatively scheduled for 7:15.

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